October 30, 2097
The players awaken from the frozen slumber in what to them feels like only a brief nap. Groggy and somewhat disoriented, they stretch their stiff and cold limbs. While they wait for the lid of their cryogenic chamber to completely open, they ponder their mission.
Operation Damocles: Operation Damocles was to be the US insurance policy in the event of a general nuclear exchange between the North and South. Select 16 Special Forces Group soldiers (c-SOG) were cryogenically frozen and placed in storage vaults throughout the US along with their equipment In the event of such a disaster, their mission would be two-fold: defeat any would-be warlords and help the survivors rebuild their communities.
They also had to take a vow to restore civilization and the US, in that order Those chosen for this program will give their lives for that cause.
The 16 solders were separated into two fire teams; team Alpha and team Bravo. Each team were placed into separate chambers as a precaution, and each team’s specialists not grouped in the same team for redundancy.
Droid Carver, the teams computer whiz, quickly realizes something is wrong. He is unable to see a thing. Rex, team medic, took over helping Carver and together they head over to a terminal sitting near the door. Carver using Rex as his eyes, quickly makes short work of the terminals security protocol, and discovers only 16 years have passed since they were placed in stasis.
They also discover that fire team Bravo were awakened after just 6 months of being frozen!
They discover that somebody attempted to break into their chamber at one point, bullet holes riddle the control panel outside their door in the hallway. They move quickly to Fire Team Bravo’s cryogenic chamber to find it empty, having been opened by the vaults security police many years earlier, in what appears to have been an attempted coup.
Records on the security offices terminal reveal that 15 years prior, supplies were running out, and it was past the due date for the vault’s staff replacements. The vault’s leader, Marshal H. Gates, isolated the science team from security and eventually locked himself and the scientists, and all the remaining provisions, away from the security team.
However one of the scientists named Jenny, had become lovers with the Security captain, and was able to get him the security codes to override the cyrogenic chamber for Fire Team Bravo. He released them, in hopes to gain their loyalty, and help take that vault back. However, the Marshal was able to remotely block them from entering Fire Team Alpha’s room.
The players explore the facility, eventually coming across a note, and some guns, wrapped up in a vault 11 jumpsuit. The note simply states:
“Best I could do. Shits gone FUBAR. Going Musketeer.” -Rivera.
The players understand that “musketeer” means “all for one, one for all”.
It was a code the Vault 11 c-SOG team agreed on in the event that high command had been compromised or destroyed. They will only look out for each other, screw everyone else.
They find the Marshal’s office and several long decayed corpses wearing Vault 11 security clothes, and one wearing a science lab overcoat, with the badge ID, “Jenny”. They deduce from the remains that the security team was shot in the back, and Jenny in the head.
From the Marshal’s terminal, they discover he left to lead the remaining survivors to another vault underneath C.I.T. as they were out of food.
After a brief encounter with a large swarm of cockroaches the size of rats (quickly dispatched with a well placed shot on a fire extinguisher mounted on the wall), they find the controls for the platform that leads them to the surface.
Once on top, they find the upper controls thoroughly destroyed. There’s no going back.
- a harmonica
- some ghost juice
- 8 9mm NA-Office pistols (2 laser sites non-functioning)
- 15 rounds per gun
- a submachine gun with a full clip
- various canned and boxed food
- a case of Pip-fiz
- A Detroit Tiger Hat (Rex pulled a Joker)